Manchester City: At the moment of triumph, Guardiola hints at his departure

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At the moment of triumph, Guardiola talks about his farewell

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Fourth title in a row: Pep Guardiola, the coach of Manchester City, with the championship trophy

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How long will Pep Guardiola continue as manager at Manchester City? After winning the English Premier League title again, the Catalan makes hints – and speaks highly of Jürgen Klopp.

The joy is great. For the fourth time in a row, Manchester City managed to win the Premier League title. The triumph is also thanks to Pep Guardiola, the coach, who has now spoken for the first time about his possible departure in the summer of 2025.

“The reality is that I am closer to leaving than staying,” Guardiola told British TV channel Sky Sports after his team won the title on Sunday. With a 3-1 win against West Ham United, Man City secured their next championship in a long-distance duel with Arsenal FC – it was already their sixth under Guardiola.

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The 53-year-old Catalan still has one year left on his contract in Manchester. “It’s been eight years, it will be nine then. My feeling at the moment is that I want to stay next season. We can then talk about the future during the season. But after eight or then nine years …,” said Guardiola, who moved to the island in the summer of 2016 after working at FC Bayern Munich and has since won trophies in the Premier League, the FA Cup and, in 2023, the Champions League.

“I will miss him,” Guardiola said of Klopp

Next Saturday the cup final against city rivals United will take place at Wembley Stadium. “I know that no team in history – Gary Lineker told me, I didn’t know – has won the Premier League and FA Cup double twice in a row,” Guardiola said of the significance. He wants to give his professionals around top striker Erling Haaland two or three days to enjoy the championship and then start the short preparation for the cup final.

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Guardiola regrets that Jürgen Klopp has said goodbye to Liverpool FC from the league. “I will miss him very much,” said the coach: “Jürgen was a really big part of my life. He brought me to this coaching level. I think we respect each other enormously.”

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Klopp and Guardiola have had some spectacular duels in the English Premier League in recent years – including emotional ones on the sidelines. At the end of January, Guardiola jokingly said: “I will sleep better when Klopp is gone. The games we played against Liverpool were almost like a nightmare.”

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